On 5 August this year, Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was abrogated with a presidential order.
And on 9 November, the Supreme Court verdict in the decades-long, communally and politically charged Ayodhya dispute ensured that a Ram Mandir is built at the no-longer-disputed location.
Thus, in a span of three months, two of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s biggest promises were realised, sparking speculation that legislation on a Uniform Civil Code (UCC), also a central promise in the BJP’s latest manifesto, may be in the offing.
While delivering a judgment legitimising the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867, the SC reportedly described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code and said that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a UCC for India but the government had made no attempt yet.
Most recently, on 15 November, the Delhi High court heard petitions, which sought the implementation of a UCC in the country.
So, what exactly is a Uniform Civil Code and why does it matter? Here’s all you need to know.